Magento template installation
First of all, please make sure your Magento installation version meets the template requirements. If you are using an outdated version of Magento, you need to upgrade it. Don't forget to back up the files and the database. Magento upgrade instructions are available at the Magento Wiki website.
If your Magento engine meets the template requirements, you can start the template installation.
- Open the template package and go to the theme### folder.
- Upload theme### folder contents to the Magento installation directory (upload "app", "skin" and other folders). These folders contain the theme files. They will not affect your existing files.
We are going to review the template configuration options based on the example. It is configured the same way as our Live Demo template, without affecting the products data.
Activate the new template
- Open Magento admin panel and navigate to System > Design in the top menu.
- Click the "Add Design Change" button.
- In the "Custom Design" field, select the theme name (for example, theme###). Click the "Save" button to confirm the changes.
- Open the Magento admin panel and select System > Index Management in the top menu.
- Check the "Select All" box in the top left corner.
- In the "Actions" field select "Reindex Data".
- Click the "Submit" button.
- Please be patient, this may take a while.
In order to make the changes appear on your website with no delay, you need to disable cache. It prevents additional cache clearing actions after every change you make. You can enable it when you are done with store editing.
- Open Magento admin panel and navigate to System > Cache Management in the top menu.
- In the top left corner click "Select All".
- On the right side, in the "Actions" field select "Disable".
- Click "Submit" button.
Please follow these steps when setting up the logo image included into the theme package (you can view it on the Live Demo page).
- Open the Magento admin panel and select System > Configuration in the top menu.
- Select the "Design" tab.
- In the "Header" section, edit the "Logo Image Src" field value. Change it from "gif" to "png".
- Click "Save Config" button.
In order to install your company logo, you need to upload the logo image file into the /images folder of your Magento theme.
In order to make your template look exactly like our Live Demo, you need to set up store pages in a specific way. We provide all the files with the pages source code. You need to add them into Magento admin panel as per the instructions below using the settings table. Settings table is located on the Technical details page on the template preview page. The documentation file contains the link to this page:
The main template page will be affected the most. It usually contains the following elements: banners, slider, gallery, etc.
In case you have already made the changes to your pages code and would like to add our code without affecting the changes, it is recommended to contact the professional technicians or prepare a backup file before making the changes.
- From the top menu select CMS > Pages. Here you can find all the store pages. Home page, About Us and Customer Service should already be available, so you don't need to add them. You only need to update the pages HTML and XML content. Open any of them in order to get the access to the content.
- Open the page and select the Content tab. It contains the HTML code of the page. You can take the page HTML code from the appropriate source file. You can see the list of source files included in the "Template Settings" section on your templates preview page. Copy the code from the source file and paste it to the content area.
- When you are done with the HTML code, switch to "Design" tab. It contains the page XML code. XML code allows you to add Magento static blocks and widgets to the page. The XML code should be copied the same way as the HTML from the source file. Copy the XML code to the "Layout Update XML" area.
- Don't forget to select the valid "Layout" option.
- In case you need to add a new page, click the "Add New Page" button in the top right corner.
In case you have any difficulties, please check the detailed tutorial on How to configure pages manually.
Static blocks configuration
When you are done with configuring the pages, you need to configure the static blocks. The procedure is similar: you need to copy the code from the source files and paste it to the corresponding fields in the Magento admin panel. You need to use a similar table but for the static blocks.
- From the top menu select CMS > Static Blocks.
- Click the "Add New block" button in the right corner to add a new block.
- Input the block name and identifier. You can get the block details from the table at the templates Live Demo page (check the Pages Configuration part).
- Open the block source file and copy the HTML code into the content area.
Please note: some of the templates do not contain any static blocks, so the table can be empty.
The source files with the static blocks code are stored in the "sources\demo\static_blocks\" directory of the template package.
How to display our blocks with static content?
- Go to CMS > Widgets in top menu.
- Click the Add New Widget Instance button in the top right to add the widget.
- Specify the widget type CMS > Static Blocks and theme which you want to apply the widget to and click theContinue button.
- On the next page, in the Widget Instance Title field, enter the name of the widget which will be displayed in the admin panel. In the Assign to Store Views field you need to select store views which will display the widget. In the Layout Updates block click the Add Layout Update button. In the Display On field you can select the pages where the widget will be displayed. Depending on selected pages you will have opportunity to fill in the additional fields.
- Select the Widget Options tab in the left sidebar and select the static block you are referring to. Do not forget to save changes.
When you are done with configuring the store pages and blocks, your store is ready to go.